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No more clocks in post offices
The Providence Journal


April 27, 2007

Tired of being told it takes too long to get to a service counter, the United States Postal Service has decided to remove all clocks from the walls of its 37,000 post offices. That'll solve the problem!

This is part of a growing disdain of customers in much of retailing that includes stores of all kinds removing their clocks and subjecting customers to headache-inducing, pounding rock music.

Of course, USPS did not admit its true motivation for the clock-removal program. Its official reason: A "retail standardization program" designed to promote a uniform appearance at the post office. So, instead of dozens of different clocks on the walls, no clocks at all. Can't get more uniform than that.

For the same reason, then, it should allow no stamps on a first-class letter. Makes cents!

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